WHAT BROKER VS UNLICENSED ASSISTANTS CAN DO:

Most states have guidelines for what tasks broker and an unlicensed real estate assistant can and can’t do.

For example, in Illinois, a licensed real estate broker can perform the following tasks:

• Host open houses
• Show property
• Interpret information on listings, titles, financing contracts, closings, or other information related to a real estate transaction
• Explain or interpret a contract, listing, lease agreement, or other real estate documents with anyone outside the employing licensee’s firm
• Negotiate or agree to any commission, commission split, management fee, or referral fee on behalf of a licensee
• Perform any other activity for which a real estate license is required


In Illinois, an unlicensed real estate assistant can perform the following tasks:

 

• Submit listings and changes to an MLS

• Sit at a property for a broker tour that is not open to the public

• Follow up on a transaction after a contract has been signed

• Gather feedback on showings

• Assemble documents for a closing

• Perform maintenance, engineering, operations, or other building trades work and answer questions about such work

• Secure public information documents from a courthouse, sewer district, water district, or other repository of public information

• Provide security

• Draft advertising and promotional materials for approval by a licensee

• Provide concierge services and other similar amenities.

• Place advertising

• Manage or supervise maintenance, engineering, operations, building trades, and security

• Record and deposit earnest money, security deposits, and rents

• In Illinois, an unlicensed assistant may NOT perform the following tasks:

• Complete contract forms with business and factual information at the direction of and with approval by a licensee

• Host open houses, kiosks, home show booths, or fairs

• Monitor licenses and personnel files

• Show property

• Compute commission checks and bookkeeping activities

• Interpret information on listings, titles, financing contracts, closings, or other information related to a real estate transaction

• Order items of repairs

• Explain or interpret a contract, listing, lease agreement, or other real estate document with anyone outside the employing licensee’s firm

• Schedule appointments for the licensee

• Explain or interpret a contract, listing, lease agreement, or other real estate document with anyone outside the employing licensee’s firm

• Respond to questions by quoting from published information

• Perform any other activity for which a real estate license is required